Indiana State showcased its depth on Friday night as the Sycamores took 11 of the 16 events on their way to topping visiting Northern Iowa at the Vigo County Aquatic Center on Friday night, 187-113.
Overall, the Sycamores had the event winner in seven of the first eight events with Carmen Alard Vegas and Marni Gray combining to touch the wall first in four different events on the night as ISU picked up its first win in the 2021-22 season. Indiana State moved to 1-3 overall on the year and is 1-0 against Missouri Valley Conference opponents.
"Overall, we had a really strong showing this evening," ISU head swimming and diving coach Joshua Christensen commented. "We swam tough in a lot of places and raced well. Our depth was definitely highlighted tonight."
The Sycamores had a swimmer or diver finish in the top two in all 16 events on the evening to highlight their performance in their home facility. Gray swept both the 100 and 200 Butterfly events, while freshman Chloe Farro continues to build on a strong inaugural campaign in winning the 100 Free.
Vegas also continued to showcase her versatility on the season winning the 100 Backstroke and the 200 Individual Medley.
Vegas, Gray, and Farro also contributed in ISU's first-place finish in the 400 Medley Relay.
The divers also had a standout showing with Sarah Montgomery and Bailey Betzer both smashing season-best marks on the evening. Montgomery picked up her first win in the 3M Diving event with a score of 260.17, while Betzer took second place in 1M Diving with a score of 222.75.
The Sycamores were all smiles after the competition, but Christensen acknowledges there is still work to do as ISU heads into the bulk of their 2021-22 season.
"Moving forward we still need to work on winning close races," Christensen said. "We'll continue to focus in on that in training."
The Sycamores have a two-week break before traveling to Springfield, MO. on November 5 against Missouri State. The Trees face off against the Bears on back-to-back days starting on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and then again Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hammons Student Center in Springfield, MO.